The Insanely Influential Star Wars Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game Are Coming Back

All Images: Fantasy Flight Games
All Images: Fantasy Flight Games

If you were a kid in the late 1980s or early 1990s, Star Wars was almost totally gone from the pop culture landscape. However, one place it not only lived, but thrived, was on the page, thanks in large part to two Star Wars volumes: The Roleplaying Game and Sourcebook.

First published in 1987 by West End Games, these books were packed not only with exciting adventures for fans to recreate, but also detailed information that the three original films never got into. Much of what we now consider canon, but that wasn’t explicitly stated in the films, came from these books. The structure of the Empire, the names of ships, alien species—all of them were first named in the Sourcebook. They were the bedrock of much of the Star Wars fandom that followed and now, for their 30th anniversary, Fantasy Flight Games is reprinting them.

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These are being republished almost exactly the same as they were back in 1987, which a few minor tweaks here and there. The one big change is that Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group wrote a foreword for this new edition. That’s fitting, considering Hidalgo regularly cites these books as being not just as hugely influential on him, but on much of the language of Star Wars that still exists today.

The books will come together in a two-pack released sometime in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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I cut my teeth roleplaying with this and Robotech. (I was in Chicago with Evangelical parents during the “Satanic Panic” so DnD was banned in my house growing up)

This announcement has me weeping with joy. I LOVE this system for it’s simplicity. Set between ANH and Empire, I feel it has the most to say about the universe. I LOVE how it handles Jedi. It says there ARE Jedi, but only three types, Old Jedi (a la Ben Kenobi), Young Jedi (a la like Phantom Menace Anakin) and Failed Jedi (Luke’s age but washed out of the Jedi temple before the purge)

It keeps the Jedi or other Force Users from overwhelming the game.

And I love the D6 mechanic....every skill is a xD6 and then there are +1 and +2....The XP progression is amazing with it becoming exponentially more expensive to buy new Die and Modifiers the better you are.

I Love this game and have so many happy memories of it...I am weeping with joy at this announcement.